Ryuji Ito

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Ryuji Ito
Ryuji Ito 2015.JPG
Ito in November 2015
Born (1976-04-08) April 8, 1976 (age 40)
Iwate, Japan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Dragon Show
Ryuji Ito
Ruko-Chan[1]
Billed height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Billed weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Trained by BJW Dojo[2]
Debut April 29, 1999[3]

Ryuji Ito (伊東 竜二 Itō Ryūji?) (born April 8, 1976) is a Japanese professional wrestler currently competing in Big Japan Pro Wrestling. He is well known for his death match style of wrestling.

Career[edit]

Big Japan Pro Wrestling (1999-present)[edit]

Ito, whose gimmick is reminiscent of the Mortal Kombat icon Liu Kang, has been known for competing in many deathmatches over the span of his career, including a Cage match variation which saw him defeat Kintaro Kanemura. Ito is perhaps most famous for participating in an infamous "Lightube Lightsaber match" in which he fought and defeated Abdullah Kobayashi. The match has since become a hit video among hardcore wrestling fans on the website YouTube.

In 2008, Ito competed at IWA East Coast's Masters of Pain, where he lost to Thumbtack Jack in the finals after defeating Drake Younger and Danny Havoc.[4] He also wrestled in Chikara at The Global Gauntlet the same year.[5]

In addition to his gruesome matches, Ito has accumulated several championships over his career while working for both Big Japan Pro Wrestling and Dramatic Dream Team and has also feuded with both Shadow WX and Men's Teioh over his titles, making him a main eventer within both promotions.

Other media[edit]

Ito appears as himself in the video game Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood,[6] and also appears as himself alongside Daisuke Sekimoto, Abdullah Kobayashi, Takashi Sasaki and Jaki Numazawa in the 2006 movie Dirty Sanchez: The Movie. Ito and the other wrestlers perform wrestling moves on the three main cast members.[7]

In wrestling[edit]

Ito in a steel cage deathmatch with 200 fluorescent light tubes (with Yuko Miyamoto) at BJW 15th Anniversary Show on May 4, 2010.[8]
Ito performing the Dragon Splash.
  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves
  • "The Death Match Dragon"[9]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Triangle of Ultraviolence (2011)
  • Japan Indie Awards
  • Best Bout Award (2016) vs. Kankuro Hoshino on July 24[10]

References[edit]

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